If you've got an excess of lemons let me introduce you to Lemon Jam. It's not lemon marmalade, it's a lemon jam! This recipe is a beautiful way to use up excess lemons. Once you lightly squeeze the lemons of their juice then this uses up the zest and pulp! If you love lemon flavour this is a pushy recipe Dear Reader!
This remarkably versatile lemon jam is beautiful in sweet or savoury dishes. The recipe is from restaurant Ahgora in Glebe where they use it on savoury dishes like grilled halloumi and ravioli. If you've been to Bennelong Bar and had the yabby pikelets with lemon jam and clotted cream then this is the perfect jam for this dish. It's great on top of yogurt and muesli too.
This lemon jam is different from marmalade because marmalade uses the pith as well the zest, juice and flesh of citrus fruit. For this lemon jam we remove all of the bitter pith so all you have is the tart juice and flesh and fragrant zest. It's more moderated in flavour and zingy.
I just know that some of you have a lot of lemons and this uses up over a kilo of lemons and produces 3 jars of jam. You can double the recipe although I will say that this jam is not without effort. Cutting off the pith and peeling the zest takes time. A Thermomix or food processor takes some of the hard work out of it but I'd suggest first starting with the quantity below.
Thanks to my friends and neighbours I have a crisper full of lemons and citrus. Valentina often gives me some of hers and then because we live in an area with a lot of friendly Greek neighbours they often drop off citrus to us. Home grown lemons are an absolute gift from heaven. They are often juicier than commercial lemons and some of these had a really thin skin and not a lot of pith. Usually commercial grown lemons have a really thick pith (to survive transport).
One day we came home from a walk and found a bag of home grown lemons on our porch. Then on another day walking around the neighbourhood we will saw this sign from a household that had left a box of lemons and bags. At first I took 3 and then when I saw the next day that the box was hardly touched I took three more shoving them in my pockets excitedly! They were made into this delicious jam and nothing went to waste (well except the pith).
So tell me Dear Reader, do you have neighbours that grow fruit?